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Fairy Tales

A Missouri Southern State University subject guide on fairy tales.

Elements of the Story

As explained in the 'Conventions of fairy tales' section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements.

When reading through this section, keep in mind Charles Perrault's version of the story as told here -



In the story of Little Red Riding Hood the elements include: 


In the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the good character is obviously Little Red Riding Hood.

Lantern Slide - 'Little Red Riding Hood', In the Woods, 1850-1900

"Lantern Slide - 'Little Red Riding Hood', In the Woods, 1850-1900" is marked with CC PDM 1.0



The bad character in this story is the wolf.

Little Red Riding Hood

"Little Red Riding Hood" by DiaOctopus is licensed under CC BY-ND 3.0


Can you think of any supporting characters in this story?


How many talking wolves have you met??!  Can you think of any other magical elements in this story?

WalterCrane,Little Red Riding Hood-6



A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending.  Can you think of the obstacle or task in this story?



Do you think Perrault's version of this story has a happily ever ending?  In 1812 the Grimm brothers wrote a version of Little Red Riding Hood (Little Red Cap) with a different ending where the wood cutter returns and cuts Granny out of the wolves tummy.  Charles Perrault's version does not have this ending though, do you think his story ends 'happily ever after'?



What do you think is the moral message of the Little Red Riding Hood story?  R

History of Red Riding Hood

The SurLaLune website includes lots of information about Little Red Riding Hood, including details of the history of the story.

The Story of Little Red Riding Hood

You can read Charles Perrault's version of Little Red Riding Hood on the SurLaLune website.

Movie Trailer - Red Riding Hood

This is a trailer for the 2011 Warner Brothers Movie of Red Riding Hood.

Click here to read about the storyline used in this film

An unusual interpretation of Red Riding Hood

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